On this holiday and inauguration Monday we take a moment to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the greatest leader of the civil rights movement,and also to look ahead as our country moves forward.
Dr. King dreamed of a world where no man (or woman) would be judged by anything other than the content of their own character. So, it is with that thought in mind that today I bring you the harrowing conclusion of my weekend without a phone:
Part 2 (Part 2 requires the context provided by its predecessor. If you missed Part 1, read it here: Previously on Stephanie’s misadventures in technology… ):
After recovering from the initial tick to reach into my pocket and tweet every time something even remotely intriguing happened. Curiously, this habit only developed after the loss of my phone. The remaining duration of the 48 hours of solitary confinement (of my phone that is) went rather smoothly.
Before I knew it, it was Sunday morning and time to assess the damage. Had my phone beaten the odds of so many of those that came before it? Had it’s brief swim in the belly of the washing machine destroyed it forever, or was it merely biding its time in its refrigerated bed of rice, waiting for me to revive it to its former (fully functioning) glory? The time had come.
Smartphones, the gig is up. You could only get away with it for so long. Parading around as though you even remotely resembled the “telephone” of yesteryear.
Finally someone has the sense to stand up and denounce you for what you are not. Your accuser?
The cell phone service provider. So maybe they didn’t say it in so many words, but how else can you explain the industry-wide shift towards charging through the nose for data and giving away minutes and texting for practically nothing?
Whatever happened to the good old-fashioned phone call? Why does everything have to be e-mail and Tweets? Wouldn’t you just love to get a text every once in a while?
Chat it up people. Show those phone companies that you remember the original function of that multi-talented device parading as a “telephone” was intended for. They probably won’t thank you for it.
“Stop Calling Your Smartphone a ‘Phone’”: TIME
You’re completely alone, surrounded by nothing but sand, sea, palm trees and a beautiful blue sky. I sure hope you’re wearing your sunscreen, nothing can ruin a perfect getaway like a peeling sunburn…but back to the scene…
You close your eyes and the only sounds are the soft ebb and flow of the tide, the murmur of a gentle breeze blowing through the palm trees, and the subtle hum of your cell phone…really!?!? There’s reception here?
That my friends is the face of modern travel. Gone are the good old days when you could go through a tunnel or find your call “breaking-up.” Let’s face it, with the reach of modern cell phone and Internet connections, you’re more likely to be stranded on a desert island than lose your call as you’re getting there.
Silver lining: you’ll be able to call for help.
But can a girl get a little seclusion?
Even in our every shrinking (not literally) world sometime’s its hard to really get away from it all. It’s just too easy to stay connected and too hard to convince anyone that you’re “unreachable” …I mean really what are the odds?
I admit it’s making me uncomfortable (and a little claustrophobic) just writing about it. I am speaking of course of both scenarios, both being too connected and being completely disconnected.
Lucky for you, I have a simple solution. Turn it off. If your buddy ten feet down that secluded beach doesn’t feel the same way, well…desperate times.
“Adventure Travel in the Age of Online Connections”: BBC News
In this age of super-communication, you might be surprised to find that a former star of the communication world is fading.
Surprisingly I am not talking about face-to-face conversations (that’s a completely different story). No, the device to which I refer is none other than the telephone.
Now I know what you’re thinking: That can’t be right, everyone has a cellphone!
Yes they do, but not many phone calls are being made with these overly pimped out “phones.”
Sadly, most of us don’t want to deal with the hassle of actually talking to another human being. Texting is just too convenient.
According to Nielsen Media, texting is expected to surpass phone calls within three years.
So, next time you start to type out the text equivalent of War and Peace, maybe consider using that handy voice transmitter feature instead.
More on the Story: Drop a Line
…just for fun:
Sometimes it’s fun to look back and reminisce, truly appreciate how far we’ve come.
For instance, remember the good old days when you only had to worry about someone getting lost in thought while moving towards you on the sidewalk?
Then of course there were the good old days when someone might get lost in a page while moving towards you on the sidewalk.
Then came getting lost in a phone conversation while moving towards you on the sidewalk.
Nowadays it’s anyones guess what that approaching collision might be distracted by…tweet, text, e-mail, status update, really captivating kitty YouTube clip…who knows?
Well LG has been kind enough to add another feature to that list: 3-D capabilities.
The LG Optimus (as in Prime) 3-D allows 3-D viewing while the LG Optimus Pad allows 3-D recording. Yes, I know it’s kind of awesome…in theory.
Not only will you be able to watch video on your phone/tablet, it will be like you’re there, so you’ll barely notice those pesky obstacles…I mean people…diving out of your way.
I know what you’re thinking. Won’t I look strange walking around wearing 3-D glasses so I can see the image on my phone?
That brings me to yet another neat feature. You don’t need 3-D glasses. The screen itself gives the image depth…as long as you look at it from the right angle.
So make sure you’re looking square at it or it might be a little blurry.
Of course as with all 3-D features there are risks. Some people might get dizzy or disoriented. If this happens you may have to look away from your screen for a moment. Just remember don’t be alarmed. That pristine 3-D image behind your phone…it’s called reality.
“LG Optimus 3D Smart Phone is the First of its Kind”: Huffington Post
simpler times…simpler telephone distractions